After exploring the Triund Trek (the best trek for beginners) and McleodGanj (home town of His Holiness Dalai Lama), it was time to explore Dharamshala. This city in Kangra District is equally beautiful as McelodGanj. In this blog, we will explore some of the places which were left in our trip to Dharamshala- McleodGanj.



Dharamshala
Dharamshala (Source)

Kangra Art Museum (near Kotwali Bazaar) was our first stop in the morning. The museum was opened in 1990 to preserve, conserve and revive the rich cultural heritage of Kangra region. Museum is a treasure house of rich heritage of the valleys art and culture which dates back to 5th century. The collection includes miniature paintings, textiles, sculptures, jewellery, coins and objects of cultural anthropology.


Gagan and Aditya at the entrance
Gagan and Aditya at the entrance
Sculptures
Sculptures
Wooden carvings
Wooden carvings
Collection at museum
Collection at museum



The entry fees for this museum is INR 50 only. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday (10 am – 5pm). This plus is a must visit for history enthusiasts. 


Wooden Paintings
Wooden Paintings
Wooden masks
Wooden masks

Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium is the next must visit place in Dharamshala. The stadium is home to Himachal Pradesh cricket team for Ranji Trophy matches. The stadium also hosted IPL matches as a home stadium for Kings XI Punjab.


Entry gate of stadium
Entry gate of stadium
Gaurav and Gagan at Stadium entrance
Gaurav and Gagan at Stadium entrance
Gagan and Aditya at Stadium
Gagan and Aditya at Stadium
Kings XI branding at stadium
Kings XI branding at stadium


The venue is unique in India in that it is situated at an altitude of 1,457 m (4,780 ft ) above sea level and has the snow-capped Himalayan mountains in the background. The capacity of the stadium is around 23000 spectators. Another impressive feature is its openness and small-sized stands, which allow for winds to sweep across, giving fast bowlers assistance in the air. 
The venue is the first in India to use winter rye grass scattered around the outfield, which prevents the grass from dying when temperatures fall below 10 degrees.



Cricket stadium at a glance
Cricket stadium at a glance
IPL seat lounge
IPL seat lounge
Score board
Score board

After leaving stadium, we planned to visit Chamunda Devi temple. On the way we passed through a cantonment area.  The area was no doubt very clean and disciplined. We saw few military tanks at the entrance of the area.


The Heritage wall
The Heritage wall
Military Tank
Military Tank
Tanks at cantonment area
Tanks at cantonment area
Cantt Board
Cantt Board


The Chamunda Devi temple is located 10km to the west of Palampur on the baner river. The temple dates back to 16th century. When we reached there, it was raining heavily. After the rain stopped, the weather was awesome. There is no entry fees to the temple. You are not allowed to take camera inside the temple. 


Chamunda Devi Temple ground
Chamunda Devi Temple ground
The Prasada Point
The Prasada Point
Devotees entering the temple
Devotees entering the temple
Shiva and Hanuman Temple

The temple depicts scenes from the Devi Mahatmya, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The goddess's image is flanked by the images of Hanumanand Bhairava.

Way to temple premises
Way to temple premises
Temple premises
Temple premises

After this, we started our journey to Jawala Devi TempleIt is one of the main Shakti Peeths of India. The temple is located in Jawalamukhi town in Kangra district only. The temple style is typical of Jwala Ji shrines, four cornered, with a small dome on the top and a square central pit of hollowed stone inside where the main flame burns endlessly.

In the early times, people tried to explore the fact behind these burning flames, but nothing substantial was made out. These flames are burning due to some natural jets of combustible gas. In this temple, there is no idol because the Goddess is considered to be residing in the form of flames. This temple has nine ceaseless flames that are named as Mahakali, Annapurna, Chandi, Hinglaj, Vindhya Vasini, Mahalakshmi, Saraswati, Ambika and Anji Devi respectively


Jawala Devi Temple main temple
Jawala Devi Temple main temple
Bells at main temple
Bells at main temple
Main dome at temple
Main dome at temple
Backyard of the temple
Backyard of the temple

There are several other small temple located on a trek route above the Jawala Devi Temple. Bhairav Baba temple is one of the prominent temple which is visited by lots of people visiting Jawala Devi Temple.


Bhairav Mandir
Bhairav Mandir
Main Bhairav Baba temple
Gagan at Bhairav baba temple
Gagan at Bhairav baba temple
View of Jawala Devi temple from hill top
View of Jawala Devi temple from hill top

This completes our sightseeing of major places visit in Dharamshala- McleodGanj. Please share your experiences in the comment section below.



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